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Fat Joe defends himself after backlash of comparing DaBaby to Tupac

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Twitter erupted with rage when Fat Joe recently compared DaBaby to the late Tupac Shakur. Now the Terror Squad leader is explaining the comment he made on BET’s new Rap City 21.

Wednesday on Instagram Live, Joe recalled he was put on the spot and wished that the host Big Tigger had never asked him to name a current rapper who was the new Tupac. The “Lean Back” rapper did not want to respond. Finally, he says, out of respect to BET and the return of Rap City, he reluctantly decided to offer an answer.

Joe said during his Instagram Live session, “I’m thinking DaBaby is a real one, certified real one. Whether you like him or you don’t like him, I believe he lives what he raps. And that’s very much like Tupac. But is he Tupac Shakur? No! No one will ever be Tupac Shakur.”

When DaBaby heard Joe’s comment he posted it on Instagram and wrote, “Agreed.”

Social media did not agree, at least not with Fat Joe. One person wrote on Twitter, “Fat Joe thinks DaBaby is 2021’s Tupac??? I want what he smoking right now.”

Another person tweeted, “Wait, Fat Joe said what? I don’t think so. Tupac is in a class all by himself. DaBaby don’t even come close to touching Tupac. Not in this lifetime. Nope.”

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